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#35-May 21, 2002-Stockholm, Sweden-SODRA TEATERN
in Stockholm a day or two before the show for rehearsals with the
8-piece ensemble. I remember the Theatre (or "Teatern",
as the Swedes call it)
looking so stunning when it was empty and I wasn't so sure I could
packed, even though the show had sold out. Gene's daughters, Paulina
Francesca, were having fun on the piano and Daddyo's drums.
We went over
the FC songs with the strings and horns. Gunnar wrote the
arrangements out and conducted the rehearsals. It was moving. I
believe I was sitting in this room, a part of something so breathtaking.
rehearsed quite a bit and then took a break for lunch, before coming
rehearse some more. Afterwards, we walked back to the Hotel.
was actually right around the corner, but it was up about 100 flights
of stairs! But our hotel was plush and there was a "Sky bar"
at the top so you
could take in the city sites and watch the sun set over Stockholm,
a sight that
nearly defies description.
was fun and sounded amazing! Everyone loved it and my Swedish
friends, Louise, Mikael, Ana and Oskar all came and ran up to the
of taking their seats! After the show, they came back to the hotel
Sky Bar and
we closed that sucker down after a while. I didn't get to sleep
until 5 am and
we had an 8am wake-up call for the ride to Olso.Ouch!
36-May 22, 2002-Oslo, Norway-The JOHN DEE club
this show as a completely packed, hot and sweaty club! The chef
made us a great steak dinner before the show, though. Although I'd
before, I NEVER saw fans this excited, filled with joy and singing
every song. This still remains as one of my all-time favorite shows
and I look
forward to playing there again. .
2 people who couldn't get tickets (because it sold out) and, after
dinner, they saw the SINGER and told him that much. He went back
to the club
and said, "These are my friends; please put them on the list."
I've seen him
do that plenty of times too. But don't take that to mean you have
to bug him
for tickets! And you know who YOU are!!!!
Also, hung with Ebbot (who Dee Jay 'd that night), from the SOUNDTRACKS
LIVES band. If you don't have their new record, "BEHIND THE
MUSIC", go buy it.
It's great. Rusty and I hung out with some fans after the show and
around a bit. There was a nice park between our hotel and the club
and it was
a really fun area over all.
Show #37-May 23, 2002-Gothenberg,
a show where the fans really got into the show and it made the night
really memorable. Ebbot came to this show as well and offered to
take us out
on his boat tomorrow so we'll see what happens there...sounds like
club's chef also served us a great dinner. Afterwards, Rusty and
around with some fans to check out the local bars and clubs. Since
was a day off, we didn't worry about getting in too late.
#38-May 25, 2002-Malmo. Sweden-The KB club
you know it but it rained ALL FUCKING DAY on our day off (on the
24th!) so no sailing with Ebbot. But it was great to be back in
Malmo. As you
may recall, we played this very same club MAY 24, 1996, so this
show was nearly
6 years to the day! Can't remember the name of the opening group,
were really good. Actually it was the 2nd act (there were 2 acts)
i think i
liked better. We played another fun show and my American friend,
Mark Cox (who
was working in europe for a while), came to the show and hung out
We drank a lot of beer and got tanked, big time. Also had some drinks
lighting Girl (it was her day off but she came to see the show),
Lisa, whom i
immediately knicknamed SCARRY SPICE. (Funny, but we bumped into
Scarry Spice a
month later where she was working at Roskilde)
i went to a couple of clubs that were really dull (Swedes can't
dance, but you knew that already, didn't you?) and the boys were
macho...i even saw a guy get thrown out of the club for being drunk.
imagine that rule working in England, Ireland or Scotland?) i think
i went to
sleep around 5am (again!) and of course Gene aranged 6am wake-up
calls for our
lovely trip to Berlin! (Thanks, Gene!)
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